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Observership Program Listings for International Medical Graduates

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Observerships are designed to help international medical graduates (IMGs) adapt to the practice of medicine in the United States. Review the list of observerships that have registered with the AMA.

AmeriClerkships Postgraduate Subinternships with Residency Programs

Length of Program

Minimum 4 weeks; maximum 48 weeks

Preceptors

Program Directors (PDs), Associate PDs, Residency Program Faculty, Teaching Attending Physicians and Residents

Program Overview

AmeriClerkships Medical Society (AMS), in partnership with Larkin Community Teaching Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) Department, is proud to offer a rare opportunity for medical graduate members of AMS to enroll in Postgraduate Subinternships (PGSIs) in over 25 specialties in and around the Miami, Florida area.

2017/2018 Match Update: As of Sept. 20, 2017, 8 of Larkin’s programs were recognized by ACGME as pre-/fully accredited residencies. Specialties include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology (Diagnostic)
  • Surgery

This number is expected to grow to 32 residencies and fellowships by July 2020. This means that allopathic applicants (MDs) may soon expect to be able to apply to these specialties which once used to only be available to DO graduates. 

Larkin has also been designated as an AMS-PGY1CONNECT site, meaning that AMS members have secured residency interviews and even “matched” into Larkin. As of April 2017, 3 AMS PGSI successfully “matched” into Larkin residency programs. A typical “matched into Larkin” AMS member profile: 

  • Completed 12-28 weeks of PGSI
  • Secured 2-4 Larkin LORs
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Passed USMLE Step 3

By enrolling as an AMS PGSI, medical graduates may expect to gain first-hand exposure to the inner workings of U.S. GME and medical residencies (even in 100% inpatient settings), and become an effective PGY1 by learning how to: 

  • Become an integral member of U.S. medical residency teams who manage acute and chronic medical problems
  • Rotate and collaborate with top residency program faculties, teaching attending physicians, chief residents and even program directors
  • Participate in teaching rounds, and possibly present in journal clubs and residency conferences
  • Refinement of history-taking and physical examination skills
  • Formulate problem lists, prioritize medical problems, select laboratory and ancillary tests, as well as institute drug and supportive therapies
  • Utilize subspecialty consultative services
  • Develop definitive plans for ongoing care and follow-up of dismissed patients

Upon satisfactory completion of each PGSI clinical block, AMS PGSI will be evaluated based on the 6 ACGME Core Competencies, and may request a performance-based letter of recommendation on official Larkin GME/teaching hospital letterhead.

For questions and enrollment, please contact AmeriClerkships Medical Society directly at +1 (949) 417-8980, or visit https://www.acmedical.org/ama/pgsi/

Please do not contact Larkin Hospital or any of its facilities, nor the Larkin Graduate Medical Education Department for this PGSI opportunity. Violating this policy may result in enrollment disqualification.

Bridgeport Family Medicine Externship/Preceptorship Program

Bridgeport Family Medicine offers real hands-on experience in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and urgent care medicine. The program is structured as a "mini residency program" to prepare IMGs for the U.S. medical system by using state of the art EMR/HER systems.

Length of the Program:

4-12 weeks, extern may start any Monday of the week

Program Overview

The extern interviews the patient, performs the physical exam along with attending physician and discusses differential diagnoses, management options, labs, imaging and forms a management plan. In addition, the extern will:

  • See and manage patients with their preceptor
  • Learn on a state-of-the-art Electronic Medical Record
  • Improve physical examination skills
  • Improve patient note taking skills
  • Improve history taking skills
  • Learn to perform EKG, Phlebotomy, PFTs and UA
  • Discuss family medicine topics and the latest guidelines on a daily basis

For more details, visit www.usmedicalextern.com or email: [email protected]

Drexel Medicine® Physician Refresher/Re-entry Preceptorship

Drexel University College of Medicine has a tuition-based structured preceptorship/observership for IMGs preparing for a U.S. residency. Preceptorships are offered in internal medicine, pediatrics, OB-GYN, surgery and anesthesia. Rotations are all on the main university campus in Philadelphia.

Length of Program

6-week rotations; repeatable once. The course starts on the 1st Monday of every month and is first come, first serve. The application process takes 4–6 weeks.

Program Overview

  • Attend inpatient and outpatient rounds, core conferences, lecture and learn about medical care in the United States
  • Attend didactics: morning reports, noon reports, grand rounds and clinical case discussions
  • Homework will be assigned to hone in on medical knowledge, clinical reasoning and communication skills
  • Meet weekly with preceptor to review the exercises and receive feedback

Find more details on the program or call (215) 762-2580.

Griffin Medical Clinical Observership Program

The application process for 2017-2018 runs through Sept. 30, 2017.  New applications are accepted during this time only.

The program is no longer accepting applications for October 2017 - January 2018. All positions for time have been filled. Only applications for the months of February 2018 - June 2018 are being accepted. 

Length of Program

4 weeks

Program Overview

  • To familiarize yourself with the U.S. medical system
  • To become proficient in presentation of history and physical examinations on daily rounds
  • To become proficient in ascertaining patients' acute symptoms and making a therapeutic plan
  • To learn to write daily progress notes
  • To learn how to interpret basic lab tests and radiology data such as blood, urine serum, X-rays, etc.

Eligibility Criteria

Foreign medical student graduates must be:

  • Graduates of a medical school
  • Must be ECFMG certified

Applications

The following are required to be submitted to the Committee for consideration of participation in the program:

  • A completed application or ERAS application (for ERAS, months for which the candidate is applying should be indicated in the email. In the event that ERAS application is not available, a common application form can be substituted)
  • A cover letter detailing desired rotation
  • A curriculum vitae
  • At least 1 letter of reference from a clinical supervisor or advisor, or an attending physician
  • USMLE score reports
  • Medical school diploma
  • ECFMG certificate
  • TOEFL score report ( if available)
  • Documentation of up-to-date immunization record (including flu shot during flu season (Oct-March)
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
  • A recent photograph for identification
  • Copy of passport and valid visa

Application Deadline

  • A completed application must be received no later than Oct. 1
  • Formal start date is usually the first working day of a calendar month
  • Timing is at the discretion of the program coordinator and teaching service schedules

Visit Griffin Medical’s website for more details and to apply.

International Observership Program

Allegheny General and West Penn hospitals host observers from around the world. This program was designed for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, medical students, physiotherapists, technologists, technicians and health administrators.

Length of Program

4 weeks

The observership is a specific exchange program in which the observer accompanies the medical staff through their daily hospital routine, sharing experiences with doctors, residents, staff and students. This program is not for academic credit.

Program Overview

  • Observation of the clinical care of patients
  • Participation in lectures, grand round and other related events
  • No privileges are granted to participate in the clinical treatment of patients to assist in any medical procedures, test or surgeries

For inquiries about international educational opportunities available through Allegheny General, call International Services (412) 359-5269 or email [email protected].

Jackson Memorial Hospital

It is the policy of the Public Health Trust to accept physicians or resident physicians desiring to participate as an observer/rotator at Jackson Health System facilities. All requests for observer/rotators must be reviewed and approved by Risk Management.

Length of Program

Observerships may last up to 4 weeks (1 month), longer if written approval by the department is obtained.

Program Overview

The individual desiring to participate must provide the Office of Physician Services all required documentation as set forth in this policy in order to be considered for a rotation or observership. Jackson Health System will not provide professional liability coverage for any resident for an outside institution. If the home institution will not provide the coverage, then they will be classified as observer status only. An observer is a health care professional or student who will not provide patient care or have direct patient contact. Observers differ from students in an academic program in that the observership is not an educational requirement of any academic program (see administrative policy 389 for students).

Observer may be one of the following:

  • Physicians (foreign or domestic)
  • Registered nurses (foreign or domestic)
  • Other health professionals (e.g. radiology, respiratory therapy, psychology, pharmacy technicians, etc.)
  • Students not covered under an existing affiliation agreement

Observerships may be in an inpatient or outpatient setting and must be approved by the Jackson Health System facility’s department(s) director(s) of the area being observed. For physicians, approval is needed from the associate/chief medical officer. For residents, approval is needed from the GME office. For nurses, approval is needed from the director of patient care services and/or the chief nursing officer. For all other students, approval is needed from the associate/chief medical officer.

For more information, view the Policy & Procedure Manual.

Contact Information

Graduate Medical Education Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Institute 118B
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-585-4310
Fax: 305-585-4309

For more information on visiting medical students, please visit the information page.

Somerset Family Medicine

Hands-on externship/observership in outpatient family medicine in Michigan for FMG, international medical graduates, Caribbean medical students and Caribbean graduates. Outpatient family medicine office in Troy and Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Length of Program

Minimum 4 weeks; maximum 12 weeks

Preceptor

Neil Jaddou, M.D., M.S. board-certified family medicine, clinical assistant professor of family medicine and community health, Wayne State School of Medicine and Oakland Beaumont Medical School. Staff at 4 hospitals and affiliated with St. John Oakland-Macomb medical students teaching program.

Program Overview

  • Become efficient in electronic medical or health records.
  • Get familiar with the health system in the United States.
  • Practice on presenting a patient and doing history and physical examinations.
  • Learn how to interpret basic lab tests and radiology data such as blood, urine, X-rays, EKG and PFT.
  • Expand your medical knowledge and build on your differential diagnosis.
  • Improve your scores on CK, CS and USMLE Step 3.
  • Tour the hospitals and attend conferences when available.
  • Online lectures given by Dr. Jaddou on common problems in family medicine, taken from future textbook by professor Jaddou.
  • Opportunity to publish patient education article in the community newspaper.
  • Receive a letter of recommendation at the end of the rotation that has a university and hospital logo.
  • Receive a certificate of completion at the end of externship.  There is also a possibility of finishing with honors and student of the month award.
  • Opportunity to be chief extern and teach others.
  • Volunteer in the church clinic once a week.

Eligibility Criteria

  • USMLE not required.
  • Immediate availability. Start any day that is convenient for you.
  • Must be living in U.S. to apply. We do not sponsor visas.
  • All visas are accepted as long as you are physically present in U.S.

Application

Visit www.americanexternship.com for details on price and submitting an application. For additional information or questions email us at [email protected].

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